WR450 Gas tank
Posted December 19, 2002 - 02:28 PM
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Posted December 20, 2002 - 09:43 AM
BTW, the majority of my riding takes me high and far into the CO rockies, it's of much importance to have sufficient fuel to go the distance, not many gas stops up in the hills. Guess all I'm saying is I (personally) would give up 1/2 gal fuel for a flatter bike.
Posted December 20, 2002 - 10:32 AM
I just switched to a Clarke tank and YZ seat and putting them side by side, the new tank combo lets me get about 4" farther forward than the stock WR tank seat setup. It makes a huge difference in the handling.
Posted December 20, 2002 - 10:54 AM
My .02 worth
Posted December 20, 2002 - 12:06 PM
Ty Davis seems to go pretty fast with a oversize IMS tank. I guess he's willing to give up turning precision for extended range.
Ty uses his own "Sexy" thin tank made by IMS. You're right he doesn't give up anything because it's alot thinner than a stock WR426 tank. I've ridden his bike (426), his bike is really thin..
Dodger, I agree with you. The new tank will be a nice change. I can't wait.........
Posted December 20, 2002 - 01:05 PM
I've ridden his bike (426),
How many people can say that? That was an amazing story to read. Heck, you can say that Ty Davis has ridden your bike too!
As far as tank/seat ergos, I have the Clark 3.3 YZ tank/seat combo on my bike, and it makes getting around pretty easy. Stock WR is pretty tough to get around on, and this change is nice, needed and necessary.
Posted December 20, 2002 - 03:27 PM
I have tried the IMS tank and yep its great for wide open rides, but it's still to dog gone big to throw around in the tight eastern harescrambles. I wound up going back to the YZ seat and tank and stopping for fuel on the second lap.
I know first hand how fast Ty is...and was amazed that other pro riders that were not even in his league placed ahead of him in the Rebel Run GNCC this year.
It is however, way cool to see how he does in desert racing...Man I wish I had 1 tenth of the ability Ty has....
Posted December 20, 2002 - 04:38 PM
Posted December 20, 2002 - 08:26 PM
Why build it with less capacity when we all know a bigger tank can be made just as slim and ergonomically correct??
Have you ridden a WR 400 or 426? The tank is in your lap, simple as that. Even when compared to an aftermarket dez tank you end up a good four inches further back in the sitting position w/ the stock WR tank. Other than aftermarket exhausts, I bet tank and seat mods are the most popular changes made to WRs among all TTalk members. There is even an aftermarket company making replica YZ fuel tanks (hint: they don't make them for any other model). Putting a YZ tank on a WR almost makes it a different bike, especially if you ride aggressively or want to motocross.
And the problem with making a tank slim and high capacity is you will inevitably restrict airflow through the radiators, interfere with carb access, and possibly run into situations where fuel is getting close to hot engine parts, not to mention adding weight to the bike. These are all things a big company like Yamaha wants to avoid.
You can always buy a bigger tank.
Posted December 20, 2002 - 11:10 PM
Before I even logged off, I had a reply from Ty Davis himself! We now have autographed posters!!!
A true Champion of the sport, now and forever! And, yes, he really makes it LOOK easy, doesn't he? A perfect blend of man and machine...
Posted December 21, 2002 - 12:11 PM
Posted December 21, 2002 - 03:35 PM
Do you ride up here in the Gaylord area?